The Organic Gardening Podcast - May

Wildlife gardening is the focus of this month’s podcast as we talk to environmentalist Chris Baines about the spectacular decline in wildlife and how our gardens can help stem the tide.
Blue Tit Bird sitting in leaves
We chat to naturalist Chris Baines in the May Organic Gardening Podcast

Our gardens and growing spaces have never been more important as climate change impacts wildlife and biodiversity declines.

Listen to our fascinating conversation with wildlife gardening pioneer Chris Baines as he discusses the “wildlife revolution” in our gardens and the sea-change in attitudes towards incorporating nature-friendly habitats and techniques.

“Gardens made a big, positive difference [to wildlife] once people started to see them as a place where they could enjoy and encourage wildlife, rather than a place that they needed to keep wildlife out,” says Chris, who suggests creating ‘service stations’ in your garden to influence bird and insect numbers.

“The past 60-70 years have been a disaster for wildlife. The one saving grace in the UK has been gardens. Gardens have got better for wildlife, while the wider countryside has got worse. There’s a real growing up of the idea that we can’t just stand back and watch everything disappear, we have to intervene”

— Chris Baines

Getting to grips with seedlings

Also in this month’s show, CEO Fiona Taylor and Head of Organic Horticulture Chris Collins discuss success with seedlings and sunflowers, and the impact of spring scorch. Plus, what to sow now if you lose your young plants.

And Research Manager Dr Anton Rosenfeld sifts through the postbag to help people with sciarid fly and growing perennial vegetables as part of a ‘zombie crop rotation’!

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